Smartphone-carrying drone maps natural disasters

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We know that drones can be incredibly useful in search and rescue operations, from crowdsourcing teams to finding lost hikers, and now researchers have created a mapping app that can be flown over disaster zones for rapid analysis of potentially dangerous landscapes. The UAV Toolkit app, developed by researchers from the University of Exeter and FoAM Kernow, uses a smartphone’s surveillance capabilities to remotely gather images, location and other data. The app will then use the data for mapping and spatial analysis. Using a phone’s built-in sensors, including compass, camera, GPS and accelerometer, the app was designed especially for use…

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